After winning the first gold medal for Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics, Evengi Plushenko took some heat for dropping out of the men's figure skating.
Plushenko dropped out because he was having several pains during his warmup. Russians didn't respond too well. He was Russia's only men singles skater in Sochi. This lead to many people who criticized Plushenko. Many people said that his dropout was a blow to Russia's national pride. Critics said things like "play through the pain" and "its hard to sympathize for him" .
While Plushenko has taken much heat from his decision, I agree with his situation. If you feel pain, don't create a worse situation for yourself. I have learned from experience as my ankles have become terrible from being re-injured time after time.
This is a great example of the diversity of cultures and beliefs. What Americans would view as an understandable move, Russians see it as a shame. It appears as if Plushenko is skating on "thin ice" in Russia.